11 January 2022

NHMRC welcomes the announcement of more than $2.5 million to support international collaborations in health and medical research. 

This funding announced by the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, will support collaborative research with partners in the United Kingdom and the European Union to address known and emerging research gaps and challenges, increase scientific impact and build research capacity for Australia.

“A strong health and medical research system relies on scientists working together to share knowledge and accelerate discoveries and their translation into better health outcomes,” NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso said.

The $2.5 million comprises:

  • $1.44 million for three 2021 NHMRC - European Union Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) grants under the call for proposals on linking pre-diagnosis disturbances of physiological systems to Neurodegenerative Diseases 
  • $1.1 million for two NHMRC - National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaborative Research Grants to examine ways to improve patients’ quality of life through the NIHR’s Health Technology Assessment Programme which funds independent research on the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests. 

The NHMRC funding provided through these schemes will support the Australian components of collaborative partnerships, while the international research partners will be funded by their respective funding agencies.

Projects funded for $2.5 million for international research collaborations in human health are:
Chief Investigator Application Title Administering Institution Budget
NHMRC-European Union Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND) Grant Scheme
Professor Simon Lewis COgNiTive propagation in pRodrOmaL Parkinson’s disease: CONTROL-PD University of Sydney $462,501
Professor Sarah Spencer Effects of early-Stress On Lipid mediators and Inflammation for early Detection of neurodegeneration (SOLID) RMIT University $499,604
Dr Allan McRae Leveraging medical records to identify patients at risk of neurodegenerative disease (LeMeReND) The University of Queensland $482,706
NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grant Scheme
Professor Viviana Wuthrich A randomised CONtrolled trial of Tailored Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for older people with treatment resistant Generalised Anxiety Disorder (CONTACT-GAD) Macquarie University $358,767
Dr Calum Roberts The neoGASTRIC trial: Avoiding routine gastric residual volume measurement in neonatal critical care, a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial Monash University $739,020

*In order of grant ID.

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